Approximately two weeks ago, I began experiencing back of leg (shooting) and lower back pain. Because I had L4-L5 laminectomy approximately 10 years ago, I was very familiar with the symptoms. My most recent MRI confirmed that I had a prominent lumbar disc herniation with extruded disc fragment at the L5-S1 level.
3 days ago, I received an epidural injection and had immediate relief! However and most disturbing, over the past week, I lost my ability to stand on my toes using my right foot and the bottom and side of my right foot continues to be numb and tingling as if left in a bucket of ice water. I confirmed that I do not have a foot drop, since I do not exhibit similar symptoms, however, I am not able to walk effectively since I cannot exert pressure on my right calf while trying to walk or stand on right foot in a tip toe position.
In consulting with the orthopedic surgeon, he suggested that if it were not for my foot problem, he would not even consider surgery, since my back pain and lower leg pain have been relieved (epidural injection.) However, to “potentially” fix the numbness and loss of mobility, he suggested that an operation be scheduled urgently. When pressed on the likelihood of “fixing” the foot mobility issue, he could not guarantee or make any claims whether the surgery will be a best bet or not.
So, I have two options. Hope the problem goes away or have a 2nd laminectomy (this time on L5-S1) and hope that the operation corrects the nerve damage. I can’t determine whether the risk of having the long term downside effects of the surgery outweigh the chance of correcting the symptoms.
I am looking for advice from anyone who had similar issues, thank you in advance for your generous time.
Facts: 37YOM, 180lb, no previous or current medial issues other than previous L4-L5